Today's article turns the spotlight on political risk as THE rising star of corporate facing risks in today’s global trade environment, and looks at what businesses with an international footprint can do to navigate it.
by Evelyne Legaux on 14-09-2023
Truth is up until 2022, political risk was barely discussed in corporate boards meetings because considered a low-probability evil by many global businesses. The ongoing war in Ukraine however dramatically changed that perception, thus bringing political risk and its potentially devastating impact to business operations & finances to the fore. ...
The mission of Finance in the corporate world is redefined by external factors, compelling it to re-invent its operating model to meet new business needs. So what can leaders do to successfully transform on the backdrop of complexity & uncertainty?
by Evelyne Legaux on 18-07-2023
Over the past few years, CFOs & senior Finance leaders have been confronted with the perfect storm of challenges ranging from the respective impacts of Brexit & the global pandemic to the emergence of new technology, exacerbated geopolitical risk or else new regulatory compliance requirements, on the backdrop of macroeconomic volatility. Such a wider uncertain con...
A bold look at the world we live in, and where it is headed if nothing changes in our ways of living, educating, thinking, growing & leading. We shed some light on why we are where we are & what needs to change in our societal & leadership models.
by Evelyne Legaux on 20-06-2023
How often do we take time out of our daily/weekly schedule to step back & reflect on the world we live in today? Presumably not often enough… humans having a tendency to prioritize their own short term needs & wants. It is a worthwhile exercise though, because what we are most likely to see is a world faced with unprecedent...
How the CFO's evolving role creates a historical opportunity for corporate Treasury to come out of the shadow & partner with the business. More specifically, we look at why a healthy balance sheet is so important & how to achieve Cash excellence!
by Evelyne Legaux on 17-05-2023
Over the past few years, the office of the CFO has been going through a significant evolution from safeguarding & analysing a company’s past performance to strategically advising the CEO & other C-suite executives about the future direction of the business. Unsurprisingly, what is applicable to the role of the CFO equally applies to the entire Finance organi...
This article explores some of the actions business leaders can take to develop an effective & sustained Cash management strategy, a key resiliency & survival lesson from the pandemic crisis with a particular focus on new technology adoption.
by Evelyne Legaux on 18-04-2023
In the current economic environment, Cash management has moved from being an important topic to featuring, more often than not, on the Board room agenda. With Cash driving how liquid a business might be, managing it soundly is vital to build resilience in the face of uncertainty & volatility. The era of near exclusive focus on the top...
This article looks at how the ‘human factor’ imposes itself at the core of business transformation success in our ever-changing world and outlines the growing importance of nurturing two particular human values & creating the right culture to thrive.
by Evelyne Legaux on 14-03-2023
As the world enters a new era of evolution and business leaders across the globe are faced with the need to fundamentally shift strategic priorities, transform global operations and play an increasingly active role in tackling the planet’s biggest problems, they have no choice but to: . ensure resilience in the face of uncertainty & volatility b...
This article offers an overview of different types of risk facing businesses in today’s world, and looks at how geostrategic competition underpins them all, thus driving business leaders to dramatically shift operational priorities.
by Evelyne Legaux on 15-02-2023
Investing in Risk management, a pathway to Strategic advantage The past few years have seen the world becoming more complex & interconnected and also more uncertain, therefore more risky. Over the past 15 years, various crises have sent shockwaves affecting every country, society & global trade transaction across most industry sectors. As ...
This article looks beyond the ‘crisis’ affecting the world, to dive into what is really at play here. Life on Earth has never been static but keeps evolving instead. So does Humanity… with strong implications for the concepts of Leadership & Change.
by Evelyne Legaux on 17-01-2023
Crisis really? Or rather Evolution? Looking back at the past three years, it is clear that the world has been going through extraordinary times ,not only in terms of global supply chain disruptions, exacerbated geopolitical tensions, unprecedented macroeconomic challenges, etc…, but also - and most importantly - with regards to the r...
This month’s article looks at why Working Capital and, most importantly, measuring related performance in meaningful & insightful ways, is essential for businesses to thrive through challenging times, and puts the spotlight on its Order to Cash leg.
by Evelyne Legaux on 14-12-2022
For much too long, businesses have been focusing on their revenue & bottom line performance while downplaying the importance of a healthy balance sheet. Post pandemic crisis however, they have no option but to consider operating liquidity, therefore Working Capital management (WCM) as a key priority going forward. Why WCM ...
Today's article brings to light the limitless potential of new technology to disrupt traditional ways of doing business, analyzing performance & human structures supporting it, along with the key role Finance can play & a special flavor from O2C.
by Evelyne Legaux on 16-11-2022
The past few years have clearly evidenced that, to be financially healthy & thrive through uncertain times, companies need to develop a mature & sustainable Working Capital management (WCM) strategy across the entire Cash Conversion Cycle (CCC). Doing so however comes with a diverse set of challenges among which getting the many functional groups involved to und...
Today's article aims at sharing latest developments in the complex area of trading risks with Credit & O2C Finance professionals, while raising awareness of Credit insurance still an effective risk-transfer tool at their disposal in today's world.
by Evelyne Legaux on 18-10-2022
According to a recent survey conducted by @Mazars, 92% of CEOs are optimistic about their ability to grow revenue, while 86% are confident in their resilience against crisis! Performance improvement & ESG strategy – along with other external factors – are set to drive the transformation agenda of companies over the next 3 to 5 years, as ...
This article aims at providing practical advice to and sharing thoughts with Credit & Order to Cash Finance professionals on how to best manage B2B cash Collections in a challenging & ever-changing trading environment.
by Evelyne Legaux on 15-09-2022
Truth is the Perfect Storm goes on and on … As the world attempts to fully recover from two years of Covid-19 pandemic crisis, deal with the dramatic consequences of the conflict in Ukraine, climate change, inflationary pressures at an all-time high & a new recession looming, cash Collections professionals...
This article aims at putting the spotlight on the all-important human aspect of Digital transformation, and help Finance leaders & teams on the ground navigate the depth of change impact involved & address the ‘Fear factor’.
by Evelyne Legaux on 14-07-2022
What does it Take for a Digital transformation project to Succeed? Do you know that 70% of such projects fail? That’s a daunting figure… According to subject matter experts, companies must have 5 fundamental change blocks in place to succeed: Strategy & digital Mindset à clarity abou...
This article aims at raising awareness about strong Cash culture being paramount to taking Cash visibility to the next level. It also touches on why getting Treasury to deliver strategic value minimizes risks associated with business transformation.
by Evelyne Legaux on 15-06-2022
One thing that the pandemic crisis achieved in just a few months was to highlight the criticality of having a sustainable Working Capital management strategy in place across the Cash Conversion Cycle, to survive not only that crisis but all future ones alike....
This article aims at helping raise awareness of profound changes affecting Working Capital management, within the community of O2C & Credit professionals, and how those changes ultimately align with the evolving purpose of the wider Finance function.
by Evelyne Legaux on 17-05-2022
The 4th technological Revolution is here! You may have heard or read this lately, and it is indeed everything but a joke… The Covid-19 pandemic crisis has been a significant accelerator of Digital Transformation for businesses, by creating an unprecedented need for most people to work remotely. ...